Raspberry Pi enthusiasts looking for a way to increase the functionality of the awesome mini PC might be interested in a new embedded motherboard which has been created for Internet of Things development.
Created by Embedded Micro Technology the MyPi development board has been specifically designed to be used with the Raspberry Pi Compute Module and adds a number of additional features including a 3G/4G modem as well as the ability to add compatible HATS and modular IO cards.
The creators of MyPi explain a little more about its inspirational development :
We started our journey looking for something we couldn’t find, an affordable industrial style single board computer complete with IO suitable for remote sensor-to-cloud data logging applications. We were frustrated by the lack of options available. Off-the-shelf solutions tended to be either expensive, tied into propitiatory cloud platforms, or just lacking in the core features we needed.
Faced with building a solution around multiple cards (with the knock on increase in expense and complexity), we decided to building our own board, initially as a side project, working with a clearly defined set of key requirements to keep the project focused:
3G Modem for wireless Internet connectivity
Ethernet for local connectivity
Bulk storage for data logging
Serial ports for RS232 and RS485
Easily expandable IO
Cost effective enclosure design
Wide input DC power supply range
Industrial style connectors for IO and power
MyPi has taken to the Kickstarter crowdfunding website this week to raise the £15,000 it requires to go into production. Follow the link below for more details. The is an ability to make a pledge from just £79 for early bird backers. If you enjoy building Pi projects you might be interested in our comprehensive list of Raspberry Pi displays, HATS and small screens.